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Hilton Anaheim

Reviewer's Name:

Leslie Nowack

Reviewer's Email Address:

coopco95843@home.com

Date(s) of Stay:

June 11-14, 2001

Disney Resort:

Disneyland (California)

Location:

Anaheim Area

Ease of Disney Park Access:

We took the hotel shuttle but since the hotel is close to the park, it should be good although I can't imagine why someone would want to drive with the shuttle available

Complimentary Park Shuttle Available?

Yes

Park Shuttle Comments:

The shuttle was very convenient to take and had a great drop off point at Disneyland. We actually chose the hotel based on the reviews from Mouse Planet, with the description of the shuttle being a key selling point. We weren't disappointed. The shuttle leaves the hotel at 15 and 45 past the hour and picks up at Disneyland on the half hour and on the hour. I believe the last shuttle leaves Disneyland 1/2 hour after the park closes. We left Disneyland at closing time one day and there were two buses since that's a busy time. We were the last ones on the bus and they were full but the bus driver squeezed us on so we wouldn't have to wait for the next shuttle. We have two year old twins so I appreciated the extra efforts of the bus driver.

Address:

777 Convention Way, Anaheim

Phone Number:

(714) 740-4460

Facility Type:

Hotel

Accommodation Used:

Standard Room / Studio

Accommodations Review:

The room was a standard hotel room with two double beds, a desk and some chairs. The mattresses were quite soft and since we like firm beds, that is probably the only complaint I have. My husband smokes and since we have 2 year old twins, I don't like him smoking around them. We were in a smoking room on the 5th floor which was excellent. The pool is on the 5th floor and he was able to go out of the sliding door to the pool/lounge area outside and smoke without having to bother us. If you have a smoker in your party, request the 5th floor.

Rate/Night (for your stay):

$139 per night which was the best rate I could find (off Mouse Planet, of course). I even called Hilton directly but they couldn't beat the rate.

# of Restaurants/Lounges:

Not Sure, but another review says 9.

Restaurant/Lounge Review:

We ate all our meals at either Disneyland, the Cafe Oasis (coffee shop at the hotel) or through room service. The service at the Cafe Oasis was excellent and the food was good. Since the kids are 2 years old, they could eat for free if an adult ordered the buffet. They also have a nice children's menu. If you order one kids meal, it should be plenty for two kids (and our son is a big eater). Ask about their Vacation Station menu for children. The waitress told us to sign up for Vacation Station (kids get a free backpack and other benefits), but we didn't read the handouts until we were headed home and found there was a special kids menu for Vacation Station members. It might save you some money. The room service was also excellent. The food was good and it came right away both nights.

Amenities / Facilities / Activities Available:

Sundries Shop, Pool, Hot Tub, Health Club/Spa, Hair Dryer, Babysitting/Kid's Programs, Room Service, Complimentary Airport Shuttle, Handicapped Accessible Rooms Available, Non-Smoking Rooms Available, Smoke Detectors, Fire Sprinklers.

Pool Description/Comments:

Brought our bathing suits but never got near the pool (other than being on the same floor)!

Other Comments:

We picked this hotel by evaluating reviews from Mouse Planet and we were not disappointed. My husband says he'd go back in a heart beat and he's hard to please. I've traveled a lot through my jobs and was really pleased with the service at this hotel. I'd say the service is a notch above your standard Hilton. The next time we go to Disneyland, we will probably trade our timeshare for somewhere close instead (although the room service and restaurants make a hotel more convenient). We decided to stay at a local hotel instead of a timeshare because we thought the kids would take a nap in the afternoon making a hotel with a shuttle a better choice. But the kids didn't want to leave Disneyland so we ended up staying most of the day. If you want the convenience of a close hotel, I'd highly recommend the Hilton.
 

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